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WKCTC Celebrates Earth Day with Free Events and Concert

Attending a concert, having a vehicle pollution check, and learning about HVAC energy efficiency are just a few of the free events available to the community during West Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges Earth Day Celebration April 18-24.

The weeks events begin with the sixth annual Earth Day Concert Saturday, April 18 from noon to 10 p.m. in Carson Parks Floral Hall.

Family-friendly events kick-off the day with fun childrens activities such as sack races, field activities and Ultimate Frisbee.

The concert, which begins at 1 p.m., features live music and poetry readings. Musical guests are The Legendary Jack Martin amp; Good Company, Wes Blackwood amp; Mike Capone, Last Minute Bluegrass, Woojuice, Black and to the Left, Gypsy Caravan, The Tyler Bell Band, Ryan Steele, Murder Sammich, The Mulungeons and The Wheelhouse Rousters. Guest poets are Britton Shurley, Tabitha Tripp, Grace Yocum and Samuel Hawkins.

Various organizations will have informational displays and concessions will be available with all proceeds going to support the Greater Paducah
Sustainability Project. The event will be held rain or shine.

Tabitha Tripp will present Hydraulic Fracking 101: What You Need to Know Monday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to noon in WKCTCs Matheson Library. Tripp will discuss what fracking is and why she feels the benefits dont outweigh risks communities take when industry comes to town. Tripp will also share two short films and answer questions from the audience.

On Tuesday, April 21 at WKCTCs Skilled Craft Training Center in Hickory, individuals can learn about solar power and HVAC efficiency in the centers Green Energy Auditing Simulator from 10 a.m. to noon. A vehicle pollution check including tires and tailpipe emissions will also be available from noon to 2 p.m. Vehicles will be checked on a first-come, first-served basis.

Animal lovers will get a special treat Wednesday, April 22 outside Haws Gym between 10 a.m. and noon as WKCTCs Shawn Harper brings a variety of animals such as ducks, a pheasant and a goat to campus. During the same time outside Haws Gym, visitors can watch the obstacle course fun as WKCTC students compete in the annual Campus Challenge.

Learn about alternative energy with a solar thermal panel demonstration outside WKCTCs Emerging Technology Center Thursday, April 23 from 9 a.m. 2 p.m. The demonstration will be cancelled in inclement weather.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information about the HVAC efficiency demonstration and vehicle pollution checks, contact the Skilled Craft Training Center at (270) 856-2400. For Carson in the Park information, contact David Nickell, WKCTC Concept Zero advisor, at (270) 534-3269. For other Earth Day event information contact Bobby Lee, WKCTC Earth Day coordinator, at (270) 534-3237.